On August 22nd, 1485, the forces of Henry Tudor meet those of King Richard III at Bosworth Field, the final battle of the War of the Roses. Richard is quoted beforehand as saying he is determined to "die as a king or win.” Henry meanwhile works behind the scenes to turn a key ally of the crown to his own side, creating a strategic advantage at a critical point in the battle. The rash and emotional king is cut down, the last English monarch to die in battle. And the cold, calculating tactician wins the day.
Henry VII founds a dynasty, secures peace and leaves the treasury full on his death. Richard is reviled. Art historians have found that portraits of Richard in the decades after his fall were altered to take a slight and un-athletic man and create or accentuate physical deformities. Writers, including a certain bard from Stratford-upon-Avon (who wrote while Henry’s granddaughter sat the throne) classified him as a devil, a hunchback and a madman. His remains were found in 2012 under a parking lot in Leicester. Investors who want to see their own treasury grow should value cold calculation over emotional action any day.
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